Thursday, April 13, 2006

If It's Not One Thing, It's Another!

On Monday morning, as our house was full of company, I heard a loud thud. Then our water heater moaned and groaned, and sounded like water was either filling up the tank or maybe draining out. Not sure what it was, for the sound was unfamiliar. I called Den in to explain the noise, and he examined the water heater. He reassured me that it was fine, and we concluded that it was all the showers and activity from having a house full.

In the next few minutes we found River in our bedroom acting pretty shook up. He began to confess that he had ran Den's truck into the well house, and he was just sick about it. Earlier, Den had asked him to back his worktruck up to the shop to retrieve his tires so we could exchange our studded snow tires back to our all-weather ones. As he was backing up, he popped the clutch, and reversed straight into our well house. The damage was bad enough that it broke all the water pipes and the electricity to the pump. So we ran outside to find that gallons and gallons of water were pouring out all over the ground. We ran to shut the water valve off and to turn the power off to the well too.

River was in tears and was apologizing profusely, and by this time our guests had came outside to investigate as well. River sucked up his tears and we all stood around to plot how to fix the problem. All the pipes needed to be replaced and there would be much needed digging. At this point we had no phone, no water, and a house full of 13 people.

Den and I stayed calm, knowing it was an accident. Keeping in mind that having a new driver in our home would be bringing on a new onslot of problems, but once a child is repentful then what else is there to do, but to forgive and move on.

The day was stressful, as we had just finished off a large homemade breakfast, and dishes were overflowing the sink and countertop. We still needed showers, and everything that you become accustom to water bringing. It's just amazing how much you need water.

After many hours, going to the hardware store, and fiddling with all the pipes it was time for lunch. What I had planned for lunch was now out of the question, with no water in sight. So I made sandwiches with some pop, and we ate on paper plates. The stress was beginning to wear on Den and myself by this time, however. We even had words, nothing serious, but we did during lunch as we both were feeling an increasing pressure to have this repaired.

Finally, after a couple more hours of repairing, and all day with no flushing of toilets or any other natural convenience that water affords, they fixed it. What a relief, and I have to confess that I was happy to crawl into bed and put that day behind me.

13 comments:

Adventures In Babywearing said...

So glad all is fixed & it all worked out! What great, understanding parents you are! I love the picture trail photos- your family is adorable.

Neurotic Mom said...

Wow that sounds like a rough day but in a few years you will all be chuckling over it including River. Give him a hug for me and tell him i said "this too shall pass".

Nicki said...

Oh my! What a day! It sounds like you handled it well though.

The pictures are adorable!! Such cute boys!

Trina said...

Stephanie: You are so beautiful. For some reason I thought you were a blonde. Thanks for the compliment on my family. I sure love them, but boy that was a CRAZY day!! Ugghh

NeuroticMom: Thanks for the tag..hehehe Yeah it was a bit of a nightmare, but what do you do right? Glad that moment passed!

Nicki: Honestly it was easier to handle in the beginning and became increasing more difficult as the day went on, but we all survived it. I dont think it would have been near the big deal if we hadn't had company. Although Mike our guest was a HUGE help!

momto3blessings said...

What an awefull day but you handled it well.

Mike said...

And think how many more new drivers in the family you're going to experience in the future huh?

*snickers*

Trina said...

Cheryl: Thanks, I didnt think chasing River around the yard with a stick would have helped. Although the thought makes me laugh.

Mike: I don't want to think about THAT at all!!! Scaaaaaaary!

Mother On an Island said...

Oh my. It's always a frantic moment when you realize that water is flowing completely out of control. Whether from a plugged toilet, busted pipes, or a kitchen sink. You were gracious under pressure I know. And I am glad that Mike was able to be a big help. I'm sure your guests felt very badly for your plight. I'm glad it's all fixed and can be put behind you. And poor River, with his girlfriend there and everything. He must have been so embarrassed. Is your phone STILL out? For your sake, I hope you have good cell coverage (and a good plan). Where I live my cell phone barely works, often least of all at my house. Take care!!!!

Better Full... said...

What a nightmare! or... What an adventure!

Renee said...

Hi trina... I have seen you on crystals and nikkis blog and i came over to read some of your blog to come across your water day! I am so sorry about all that but Thank God you hade men there who knew how to fix the problem... I am sure you appreciate working water all the more today.. its amazing how we can take things like running working pipes and water for granit when its always there but you realise how much you need them when you dont have ..huh? HOpe you have a blessed tommorrow!!
Renee

Kim's Life said...

Ohh Trina. You are right, If its not one thing its another. Im glad its fixed but I know what you mean it can be very Stressful. Poor River sounded like he was freaking out. Now take a deep breath and pop over for a BBQ.LOL
Love the Photos.

Mother-of-Hope said...

Wow! Poor River, I can only imagine how he felt! Sounds like an eventful day! ;-)

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